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14 day Great Alaska Explorer quilting cruise

14th - 28th September, 2025


Departing from, and
returning to, Vancouver, BC


The Ship

Named for the Northern compass point, Noordam dazzles with museum-quality art and lavish staterooms. In between quilting, guests of this Vista Class ship will have their pick of onboard activities. Sing along to your favourite hits at Billboard Onboard. Enjoy a Pilates class at the Fitness Center. Or savour the delights of one of our specialty restaurants. The Pinnacle Grill serves the juiciest steak at sea and Canaletto beckons with tantalizing Italian dishes.

Our quilting space will be available 24/7*

(except possibly while in Glacier Bay, but I will work to make it available).


A variety of staterooms are offered to suit your budget.  Click on the pictures to see a description.  Queen beds shown in the pictures convert to two single beds upon request.  Additionally, each room includes a flat-screen TV with interactive menu of programming including; on-demand movies, music stations, as well as both live and pre-recorded television. Guests can access ship information, dining options, an onboard activities schedule, shore excursions, and port information through this interactive media console.  A mini-fridge is included with all staterooms, and coffee makers in Neptune and Pinnacle suites.

What is included in the price

  • Your Stateroom as selected

  • On board Gratuities, taxes and port fees

  • Teaching from Quiltworx CI Anne Hall, even on port days

  • Use of quilting room 24/7* (except possibly in Glacier Bay, although last time I was able to arrange access)

  • Coffee / tea / snacks in the quilting room

  • Afternoon tea "meet and greet" on first full day


Current Prices (as at October 1st, 2023)

  • Inside Stateroom

    • Quilter price CAD $3,799; Non-quilter price CAD $3,643

  • Unobstructed Ocean View Stateroom

    • Quilter price CAD $4,399; Non-quilter price CAD $4,299

  • Unobstructed Balcony Stateroom

    • Quilter price CAD $5,749; Non-quilter price CAD $5,499

  • Signature Suite

    • Quilter price CAD $7,789; Non-quilter price CAD $7,479

Deposit:  required deposit is CAD$824 per person.


Final payment due: 30th April, 2025.

Cancellation Schedule per person:

From booking Date: CAD $75 cancellation fee will be charged

• From 17 June 2025:  CAD $874 cancellation fee
• From 01 July 2025:  50% cancellation fee + CAD $50
• From 16 July 2025:  75% cancellation fee + CAD $50
• From 15 August 2025: 100% cancellation fee


The Quilting

You have two options:

  1. Mystery Quilt - (Beginners and above):  For the first time, Anne will be offering a Mystery quilt* for the cruise!  It will be a 68" x 68" Quiltworx mixer pattern, expandable to a Queen.  And ... Anne does most of the prep!  (*additional cost)

  2. The taught project   For EXPERIENCED QUILTWORX only, Anne will teach the new 2025 Technique of the Month.  

  3. Bring your UFO projects - whatever you like!  Projects that you have started in class with Anne, or even hand sewing, knitting ... it's your choice!


Or ... a combination of the above!  Even if you are not a beginner, you are welcome to get the kit, and work on that and/or your own project.


  • Sewing Machines:  You will need to bring your own – a small one is preferable as you will be sharing a 8ft x 30” table with one other person.  (I use my Featherweight all the time!)

  • Quilt Stores:  YES!  We will provide you with information on quilting stores at our destinations, and directions on how to get there.  

  • Party size:  Limited to 20 quilters maximum to ensure that you get personal attention.

  • Kits, patterns and quilting supplies:  If you are doing the Mystery quilt, Anne will bring your patterns and fabrics (how cool is that?!).  All other projects, you will need to prep at home and bring with you - space for cutting big projects on board is limited.  

  • Will I have to be in the quilting room all the time?   Absolutely not!  This is your cruise, your class. If you miss anything in class because you want to go for a swim, spa, or walk around the deck with camera in hand, Anne will go over what you have missed when you are ready.

  • What is included:   There’s no getting away from it – cruising is expensive, and CruisePlus has set up a payment plan. More details are available from our cruise specialist, Fiona.

  • Dining options:  You will not be confined to dining as one big group each evening, particularly if you are bringing a “significant other” (quilters en masse can be quite an intimidating prospect if you don’t know your fat quarters from your add-a-quarters). If some of you wish to dine as a group, tables can be requested on a day-by-day basis.  We all like to eat at different times and in different places.

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Further Information

Travel related questions

Fiona Butchart
Sales Supervisor
Insurance Specialist
PHONE:   250-760-1200
FAX:        250-760-2000
3018 Ross Road, Nanaimo BC V9T 3Z1

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Quilting related questions

Anne Hall
Sew Peaceful Quilting
Quiltworx Certified Instructor / BeColourful Authorized Teacher
PHONE:   250-468-1534
Bowser, BC, V0R 1G0 (Vancouver Island)

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